Lap of luxury: Not just royal babies get posh treatment
As if giving birth weren’t enough of a momentous occasion for mere mortals, parenthood has taken on new meaning since Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton, announced they were expecting.
As the royals prepare for the arrival of their heir to the throne — reportedly due on July 13 — celebs and big spenders here in the U.S. are one step ahead with the purchase of some wildly outrageous gifts for their kids. From customized, hand-crafted beds fit for a future king to three-carat, diamond encrusted pacifiers, the sky’s the limit when it comes to indulging your own little bundle of joy.
The Diamond Bathtub for Baby
Let’s face it: some days you just find yourself in a royal mess. So, why not clean up life’s less-than-picture-perfect moments whilst soaking in tub fit for a king?
Encrusted with 15,120, hand-applied Swarovski crystals, each of these super soakers can be customized with any color from the Swarovski color palette, ensuring an experience that’s nothing short of aristocratic. No blue bloods in the family tree? No need to worry, according to creator Lori Gardner. “Every baby is their mommy and daddy’s little prince or princess,” she says.
The Diamond Pacifier
Solid, 14K European white gold, 278 sparkling, pave-cut diamonds totaling three carats … no, you’re not reading a description about the latest celebrity engagement ring. “People go crazy when they see the diamond pacifier,” says Knees ‘n’ Toes president Yittel Margaretten. Recommended for fashion rather than function (although it does come fully equipped with a genuine silicone nipple and moving handle), each custom “keepsake” can be engraved with your baby’s name, initials, birth date, or even birth weight; perfect for warding off any potential for mistaken identity.
Fantasy Carriage Crib
Starting at $65,000
“Children are born with an innate sense of wonder about the world. They should experience as much wonderment while they can, before things like exams, applying for colleges, or jobs become a part of their lives. If a family wants a $50,000 fairy tale-themed bed, we can make it happen,” says Maya Nalli of Posh Tots.
And you thought your bunk beds were cool …
Petite Paris Armoire in Rose Charm
If you’re going to be caught with your pants down, it might as well be done in the most elegant of surroundings.
Ornate carvings of roses in bloom make even the most embarrassing moments more bare-able, while the chandelier adds a first-class touch. If you’d like a definite crown jewel suitable for any castle, say the word and this conversation piece will be white-glove delivered to your door. For those embracing a more-is-more approach to life, optional touches include hand-applied Swarovski crystals and the ever-important (removable) changing table.
It’s a well-known fact that any meal is made all the more delicious whilst perched upon a hand-painted gilded throne. It sports a ship’s wheel and anchor motif, and you canrest assured that there is nothing but smooth sailing ahead for even the most finicky of eaters for generations to come. “So many of our items are used for multiple children in the family; items become ‘the’ family bassinet, crib, etc. and we’re often told that’s what a mom is thinking about when she makes her selection,” says Maya Nalli of Posh Tots.
Tiffany Sailor Baby Cup
Tiffany Bows porcelain three-piece set
Tiffany Faneuil Feeding Spoon
Some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouth.
Tiffany & Co., purveyors of all things deliciously decadent, has ensured that even the most dreaded good-for-you-so-eat-it foods can be enjoyed as elegantly as your rotten, mean parents will allow. After all, if you’re going to have to sit there until you’ve become a card-carrying member of the Clean Plate Club, shouldn’t you at least be surrounded by only the finest flatwear? “At Tiffany & Co., we believe one is never too young to celebrate life’s milestones,” says Ross Park Mall store director Tracy Weigand.
Silver Cross Balmoral
Considered the “Rolls Royce” of prams, the Silver Cross Balmoral guarantees your baby will be arriving in style no matter what the destination. With less than 700 Balmorals hand-made in Yorkshire, UK, each year, it’s no wonder that they’re treated as heirlooms and lovingly preserved for second and even third generations. Make no mistake, the Balmoral is not intended for the mom-on-the-go. No, this iconic beauty is meant for those who like to stop and smell the roses. “It is for the parents who want something that’s not mass marketed. If you walk down Fifth Avenue with a Balmoral, you will be stared at,” says chairman Alan Halsall.
Maxi-Cosi Pria 70
Isn’t life all about learning how to sit back and enjoy the ride? Thankfully, impeccable taste need not be sacrificed for those requisite safety issues when it comes to the Maxi-Cosi Pria 70 Leather edition. “Each leather hide is hand cut and sewn with a team of the most expert and experienced workers our factory has. Additionally, the Leather Pria assembly is put through a special white glove service in our Columbus, Indiana, factory and is packed in a fabric bag inside the carton,” says International Brands General Manager Dan Pennacchio.
Kate Benz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at [email protected] or 412-380-8515.